Trapan - Terra Mare 2018
Producer: Trapan
Wine name: Terra Mare
ABV: 13.0

Teran is a tough nut to crack – often brutally sour and tannic, it’s quite distinct from Refosk (with which it’s often confused). This is a seriously impressive example, which has the typical wild, bloody character on the nose, but with perfect ripeness and plenty of depth and complexity.

Lots to love here: perfect evolution, this is drinking now although it can go another decade or more. The wine retains a really expressive feel, it’s a wild beast that hasn’t been tamed, but rather just gently coerced into the bottle with its idiosyncracies and charms intact.

Inky and toasty on the nose (not oaky toasty, more like roasted nuts or herbs), the palate has lean blackcurrant fruit and very nicely integrated tannins. As expected, the acidity kicks like hell, but it’s perfectly harnessed to all the other elements in the wine, making this highly enjoyable as well as quite intellectually challenging. Chapeau!

Uncertified organic/biodynamic viticulture.